On Friday morning, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego did multiple interviews where she claimed that the morgues at one of the city’s primary hospital systems were overflowing, leaving the hospitals to search for refrigerated trucks in which to stack all the overflowing bodies. Here she is with Chuck Todd, who lovingly asks her to double down on the claim.
Phoenix Mayor Gallego says Maricopa Co. has requested refrigerated trucks because one health system in the region has run out of morgue beds. pic.twitter.com/uCeHfzjjLk
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 10, 2020
Chuck: “You are out of morgue space?”
Kate: “The Abrazo Healthcare System has run out of morgue beds and the county is getting refrigerated trucks.”
Then she did a phone interview with the local ABC affiliate where she repeated the lie. The station ran with the story as the lead headline at abc15.com for over 30 hours, into Saturday evening, even though Abrazo had issued a counterclaim/correction within one hour of the first interview. Stupidly, I did not capture a screenshot. But the story is still sort of available on their site, with the audio from the call removed, and the copy changed multiple times, and with some misinformation still HERE.
“Abrazo hospitals currently have adequate morgue space. The state has requested that hospitals implement their emergency plans. Part of activating our plan includes the ability to handle overflow morgue capacity if needed. Abrazo has taken a proactive approach by ordering refrigerated storage in the event it may be needed during a surge of COVID patients. At this point it is not needed.”
In case you didn’t catch it, the refrigerated trucks are part of the emergency plans…the state mandated emergency plans, which were put into effect last week. Abrazo is just marketing when they talk about being “proactive,” because all the hospitals were forced by law to contract for trucks.
I am grateful to The Federalist for picking up this story HERE.